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10 Most Expensive Handbags in the World- From Hermès to Mouawad

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Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse – $3.8 Million

Taking its inspiration from one of the world’s most epic tales of romance, intrigue, and fantasy, the Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse incorporates 4,517 diamonds (105 yellow, 56 pink, and 4,356 colourless) with a total weight of 381.92 carats. This bejewelled masterpiece was hand-crafted by ten highly skilled artisans working for a total of 8,800 hours. In 2010 the Guinness World Records certified the piece as the most valuable handbag in the world.

Hermès Kelly Rose Gold Crocodile Bag– $2 Million

French luxury brand Hermès in collaboration with shoe designer and jeweller Pierre Hardy, Hermès released this bag which is made out of solid rose gold moulded to resemble a crocodile leather and encrusted with a total of 1,160 diamonds which sold for $ 2 Million.

Originally called ‘Sac à dépêches’, this bag would go on to achieve worldwide recognition 20 years later, when in 1956 Princess Grace Kelly used her ‘Sac à dépêches’ to shield her baby bump from the paparazzi. In an early instance of what might today be described as ‘viral marketing’, Hermès received so many requests for ‘The Kelly Bag’, as it became immediately known, that it was renamed in honour of the princess.

Hermes Birkin Bag by Ginza Tanaka – $1.4 Million

Japanese designer Ginza Tanake made the body for this Hermes Birkin bag with 100% platinum, which is such a hard material to work with which makes it unique from the get go. As if this wasn’t fascinating enough, she adorned it with 2,ooo diamonds which equals a whopping  164 carats and an 8 carat pear shaped shimmering diamond. Both the strap and the 8 carat diamond  can be detached and used separately.

Chained’d Ancre Bag – $1.4 Million

For the 2012 ”  Hermes Haute Bijouterie” collection, jeweller Pierre Hardy wanted to pay tribute to Hermes bags. It features several white gold studs which were strategically placed all over the bag and it was encrusted with 1,160 pieces of diamonds. The diamonds have a combined weight of 33.94 carats. The chain used to create this bag was worked on for 2 years. The Hermes Haute Bijouterie collection are collectable items because there are only three pieces made.

Lana Marks Cleopatra Clutch – $400,000

The Cleopatra Clutch or famously known as The Oscar “It” bag was originally designed for A-List stars attending the Academy Awards, and  handcrafted in northern Italy by highly skilled artisans. Lana Marks produces only one Cleopatra bag every year, made of metallic silver alligator skin and a clasp with 1,500 black and white diamonds in 18-carat white gold. Some of her clutches are named after A list celebrities who have dorned her clutches on red carpets for years – Helen Mirren Cleopatra Clutch, Kate Winslet Cleopatra Clutch, Angelina Jolie Cleopatra Clutch and many others.

Niloticus Crocodile Himalaya Birkin – $379,000

This 35cm Himalayan Birkin is possibly the rarest and most desirable handbag in the world. This bag features a subtle coloration, done in Nilo Crocodile, that is meant to evoke images of the majestic Himalayan mountains. This dyeing process takes many painstaking hours to complete, as the lighter the hue, the more difficult the process. That coloration is paired perfectly with Palladium Hardware.. Niloticus crocodile skin is created by polishing the spots with agate for a “Lisse Finish” to the leather of crocodile originating from Africa. Niloticus means Nile River.

The take-home-price of that Himalaya, which boasted 18 karat gold buckles and strap loops encrusted with 205 diamonds, According to Christie’s, there is currently a six-year waiting list to acquire a new Himalaya Birkin bag, which takes at least 48 hours to create.

Chanel “Diamond Forever” Handbag – $261,000

The deluxe version of this classic Chanel bag appeared with 13 pieces to this limited edition collection. The ‘Diamond Forever”  Handbag is made of milky matte white alligator leather featuring a CC turn lock closure replete with a dazzling 334 diamonds mounted in 18K White Gold hardware totalling in weight at an astonishing 3.56 carats. Chanel has made only 13 of these bags.

This is the bag that shook the luxury world in 2008 when it was announced that Chanel would release a limited edition series of classic flap bags,” said Diane D’Amato, Director of Luxury Accessories at Heritage Auctions. “These bags were dubbed the ‘Diamond Forever’ bags and this auction gives collectors an eminently rare opportunity.”

Fuchsia Diamond-Studded Hermes Birkin – $222,000

The Birkin by Hermès is one of the world’s most popular bags. In 2015, this hot pink bag with 18 karat gold and diamond elements was sold at auction by an anonymous seller from Hong Kong. Created from authentic crocodile leather and dyed a perfect shade of fuchsia pink, the record-breaking  Hermès Birkin bag features diamond-studded embellishments and 18K white gold hardware.

Hermès Exceptional Collection Shiny Rouge H Porosus Crocodile 30 cm Birkin Bag – $203,150

Crocodile Birkin with its diamond-encrusted hardware is one of the most elusive and expensive collector’s items in the world. This blue crocodile Hermes Birkin handbag managed to crack our top 10 list, fetching a whopping £125,000 during the first-ever Christie’s dedicated handbag sale in Mayfair, London. With this, it managed to smash European records for the priciest handbag sold, Thousands of online bidders tried to get their hands on this Birkin handbag with white gold and 18-karat diamonds, with an anonymous buyer taking this prized possession.

Blue Crocodile Hermes Birkin Handbag – $150,000

Unlike the other bags in this list, this bag is not designed with diamonds and features silvery-white palladium hardware which is a very rare and lustrous white metals which adds value to bags like this. Not that it’s stopping bidders from snatching it up at a record- setting price.


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Game of Thrones: Did you know Elisabeth Olsen had also auditioned for Khaleesi’s role in GoT?

Elisabeth Olsen reveals how her audition for Game of Thrones was the most awkward audition of her life!

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Game of Thrones has finally come to a closure but the show will stay with the fans forever. The show is celebrated for its characters and one of the most loved is Khaleesi. While Emilia Clarke has excelled in her part as the Dragon Mother, she wasn’t the only one who had auditioned for the part. Avengersstar Elisabeth Olsen had also auditioned for the same and claims it to be the most awkward audition.

Popularly known as Scarlet Witch from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Elisabeth in the initial stages of her career had auditioned for the part of Daenerys Targareyn. Talking about how she got into it, Elisabeth told a leading portal, “When I first started working, I just auditioned for everything, because I like auditioning. And I auditioned for Khaleesi. I forgot that. It was the most awkward audition I had ever had.” Further talking about what scene it was and why it was an awkward audition, she added, “It was from after she just burns and she’s making this speech to thousands of people about how she is their queen. They didn’t know if they wanted a British accent or not. So, I did it in both. It was terrible. Anytime someone asks about bad audition story that is the one I remember.”

Well, one’s loss is another’s gain. Both the actresses went on to get the parts which they have excelled in. For more updates and gossip stay tuned to CineBlitz.

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Sheetal Mafatlal decodes the trending logo craze in fashion

Logo Mania Rules: Sheetal Mafatlal decodes fashion’s hottest trend du jour, which has been embraced by the glitterati and cinemarati with elan…

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Every fashion season ends up being a palatecleanser. If Fall Winter signals the comeback of statement feathers and shine-on sequins, then Spring Summer makes way for sleek minimalism and refined silhouettes or viceversa. The last five fashion weeks which include couture, ready-to-wear, resort and pre-fall, have seen designers and luxury conglomerates leaving no stone unturned to appeal to the Millennials and Gen Z, who are reportedly driving luxury sales.

While a few seasons ago, there was a push in the luxury space to embrace logo-less products and toning down the brand mentions, fashion today seems to be moving towards a scenario of ‘If you’ve got it, flaunt it’. Hence, most design houses have gone back to their rich archives and brought back their key insignia, and re-presented them with an of-the-moment flourish. Also, the new season has heralded the introduction of new logos.


Sheetal Mafatlal wearing Balenciaga

The new-age Burberry under the talented Riccardo Tisci has introduced ‘T’ in the British label’s emblem (an homage to its founder Thomas Burberry), and the French heritage house Balmain, under its social media star designer Olivier Rousteing, has reimagined their symbol.

Logo frenzy has been the mainstay over the past few seasons and its escalating popularity shows no signs of fading out. An offshoot of the grunge 90s, the logo craze has reached new heights with design houses like Fendi, Gucci and Balenciaga warming up to it like never before. From T-shirts emblazoned with brands’ letterings, to sneakers printed with it all over – they make for chic travel companions.

Over the last few seasons, Vetements — the cutting edge, street-inflected label has been a recurring presence in my closet. Its dynamic designer Demna Gvasalia (who is also the force behind the revival of Balenciaga) has defined and refined street style, and made tracksuits unimaginably uber-chic. Currently, I’m digging their twin-set casuals and ripped denims.

Also worth mentioning is the ever so subtle Lanvin — a label which too couldn’t resist the all-encompassing allure of the logo madness. The design house has succumbed and plastered the label name all over their silk dresses and playsuits.

Gucci, under the aegis of maverick minstrel Alessandro Michele, has always been at the forefront of developing a new design vocabulary. The Italian brand playfully spelled out their name as ‘Guccy’ (as in teddy) on jumpers and T-shirts, which became a rage on Instagram. Fendi’s offerings, like their mink zipper vests and varsity jackets, come unapologetically embossed with bold FF.


Sheetal Mafatlal’s column Logo Mania Rules featured in CineBlitz March 2019 issue.

A classic label like Max Mara’s runway too had sling bags echoing the label’s letterings, and Moschino’s jumper dresses come kissed with the brand name. Maria Grazia Chiuri at Dior brought back the ‘J’adior’ from their rich archive-showcased coats and feminist T-shirts with the brand’s name printed on it.

Every brand that promoted a discreet no logo look has not only joined the trending logo mania, but even created logos to partake in the frenzy… the best example being Valentino with their 80’s revived logo VLTN. Ask any fashion observer the logic behind logos’ resurgence, and they’re likely to say that these pieces spark off an immediate connect with the brand.

While it’s one thing to stay on trend, blindly aping the runway and catalogues isn’t smart. It’s all about striking the right balance, between style and comfort, structure and fluidity, form and function, neutrals and metallics, separates and accessories. Also, each piece you don should reflect your personal style, but be warned that mixing logos will create a ‘fashion police’ alert.

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Not Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt, Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol were the first choices for Kalank

While the Kalank teaser is garnering appreciation, we bring to you a lesser known fact about the period drama

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Kajol and SRK were the first choice for Kalank

Today, the much-awaited teaser of Kalank was launched and it was everywhere in no time. While there is no doubt that the film is looking beautiful and magnificent, we are going to reveal a fact about Kalank that not many of you may know. Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt weren’t the first choices for the magnum opus but Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol were. Yup, you heard that right? Read on to know more details about the same.

As we all know Kalank is one project that is very close to Karan Johar’s heart. Last week, while introducing the period drama on social media, KJo penned down an emotional message about how this film was his father’s dream and how it has been with him since the last 15 years. Similarly, Karan has spoken about this in his book An Unsuitable Boy where he has also mentioned about his first choice as a cast of the dream project. According to his book, the original cast that he had in his mind was of Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Ajay Devgn and Rani Mukerji. But sadly things didn’t work out initially and the film was shelved.
Finally, after all these years, Karan revisited the film and today the teaser saw the light of the day. Though KJo’s late father Yash Johar couldn’t direct this love saga, his son eventually did it for him. So kudos to the Dharma Productions head honcho.

Kalank, which is slated to release on April 17, now stars Alia, Varun, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sonakshi Sinha, Madhuri Dixit-Nene and Sanjay Dutt in pivotal roles. Directed by Abhishek Varman, the multi-starrer is co-produced by Dharma Productions, Nadiadwala and Grandson and Fox Star Studios.

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